Man arrested in connection with theft of boat motor |

Man arrested in connection with theft of boat motor

A man was arrested in connection with a stolen boat motor after a Grass Valley Police officer pulled him over before dawn Monday.

An officer on patrol on East Main Street near Dorsey Drive initially spotted three people walking into a parking lot at about 3:50 a.m., said Sgt. Steve Johnson. The officer turned around to investigate but could not find the trio and began an extensive area check, Johnson said.

The officer then saw a white Chevrolet pickup pulling out of a nearby parking lot and initiated a traffic stop.

There were five people in the truck, two of whom were on formal probation with search and seizure terms, Johnson said.

During a search of the truck, officers allegedly located a "pretty significant amount" of drug paraphernalia, including several hypodermic needles. The paraphernalia allegedly belonged to one of the passengers, Katherine Grace Sartain, 28. She was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and violating probation, as well as possessing a controlled substance in jail and was being held without bail.

Officers then located a Yamaha outboard boat motor in the bed of the pickup. According to Johnson, the officer recalled a report of a motor stolen off a boat Feb. 1. A check of the serial numbers revealed a match, and the suspect vehicle was a white Chevrolet pickup, he added.

The driver of the pickup, Brandon Aaron Burr, 33, "did not have a credible story" as to how he ended up with the motor, Johnson said. He was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property $10,000 bail.

The motor, worth more than $2,000, has been returned to its rightful owner.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.